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Equipment Sustainment Data in Standard Army Management Information Systems: Needs, Gaps, and Opportunities
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
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In 2003 the Department of Defense DoD revised its acquisition policy to include the Total Life Cycle Systems Management TLCSM directive, which calls for cradle-to-grave management of weapon and materiel systems. In line with this revised policy, the Army made a substantial organizational change, creating Life Cycle Management Commands LCMCs in 2004 to give Army Materiel Command AMC logisticians more input into acquisition processes and move toward TLCSM. The Army has also made significant information systems changes, such as fielding the Logistics Information Warehouse LIW, to facilitate life cycle management of equipment. Still, recent reports have described cases of critical life cycle management LCM decisions and supporting analyses being hindered by problems with life cycle sustainment LCS data, i.e., information about the operations, support, andor disposal of Army equipment. Additional steps may therefore be needed to ensure that Army information systems provide managers and analysts with access to high-quality, comprehensive LCS data. Recognizing this, the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Headquarters Department of the Army DA G-4, Resource Integration Directorate sponsored a study to assess the LCS data currently available in Standard Army Management Information Systems STAMIS.
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